e-phem-er-a: (noun) things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time.

We love seeing the arc of a song, watching it develop and take shape and come together, and so we wanted to share a bit of the process with our fans. We'll have a bit of a rotating cast of characters here — the songs are in their very beginning stages (sometimes you are seeing the actual first time we have played it through together!) and so we will only be keeping each one up for a few weeks and aim to have a few up at any given time. But these videos aren't just for anyone. They're for those of you who want to share in the creative process, who can be tender with these newbies as they find their way, who want to be witness to and part of the journey of the song.

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"Mercy Me" (rough sketch) by Dennis James

A little pep talk to ourselves. And you, if you need it.

"Somebody Else's Dream" (rough draft) by Lauryn Shapter

A song written on a Sunday night in a truck stop in Alabama, while we waited for a tire shop to open the following day. (Click on the three dots/dashes to skip to the song.) 

"Nowhere Train" by Dennis James

An invitation to take a break from whatever ails you.

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